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Therapist planning for January
with dementia involved in therapeutic recreation programs
showed reduction in need for medication (Schwab, Rader,
& Doan, 1985)." from Benefits of Therapeutic Recreation,
Eds.Coyle, Kinney, Riley, & Shank.
SPECIAL EVENT DAYS
- Mid January- Hindus fest of
- 4th Friday- National Activity
- 1- New Year's Day
- 2- Epiphany, celebration of
visit of wise men to infant Jesus
- 15- or 3rd Monday, Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day
- 19- in the South, Robert E.
- 20- Presidential Inauguration
Day (every 4th year)
- 21- National Hugging Day
- Birthstone- garnet
- Flower- carnation
- 1- Emancipation Proclamation
issued 1863 by Lincoln
- 10- 1st great oil strike in
- 24- gold discovered in California
- 28- space shuttle Challenger
- 30- 1st Lone Ranger broadcast
on radio (1933)
- 1- Paul Revere (1735) and Betsy
- 6- Joan of Arc (1412)
- 8- Elvis Presley (1935)
- 9- Richard M. Nixon (1913)
- 15- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- 17- Benjamin Franklin (1706)
- 18- Muhammad Ali (1942)
- 30- Franklin Roosevelt (1882)
Beat the Holiday/Winter Blues
submitted by beth O'Bryan of MeadowWood Assisted Living on January 8, 2008
Size of Group: 15+
Equipment: entertainment, staff involvement, family & friends involvement
Objective: involvement by staff, tenants, and families To reminisce and rid of the winter blues
Description: Schedule activities throughout the entire day relating to the theme. In the morning we have a baking group to bake homemade bread. For the duration of the day we invite tenants, staff and families to bring in their quilts and afghans to put on display. If they have a history or special fact relating to it we print that to put with the quilt or afghan. For lunch that day, tenants can sign up for a homemade soup/bread luncheon. Staff sign up to bring in a crock pot of homemade s o up or homemade bread. That afternoon we share winter Good Old Days Stories. Then that evening we have a Pajama Party. Everyone comes to the Activity Room in their P. J.'s to enjoy hot chocolate, fresh popped popcorn and entertainment.
submitted by Bonnie Knudsen of Highland Cove Assisted
Living on September 15, 2003
create a feeling of belonging and importance.
Description: Each associate chose one or more residents to be a "Secret
Pal" to. Each day during the week the "Secret
Pal" (associate) would leave a small gift, card,
goodie (dietary information was given with each resident
name), or decorate the door of the resident's room. The
surprise was left at their table or their door with a
note saying" "From Your Secret Pal". At
the end of the week we held a party. All the residents
and the associates were invited to attend. The name of
the resident was read and then the name of the associate
who was their "secret Pal. The Secret Pal then served
a refreshment to the resident. This gave them time to
get acquainted and laugh about the fun of the week. It
was a very successful activity for the staff as much as
the residents. It was a wonderful way for everyone to get
to know each other and for the resident to feel important.
They would love to share their surprise with other residents.
On a scale of 1 to 10.....this was a 10!!
Mary Gould of Cordata Healthcare and Rehabilitation on
December 16, 2001
supplies to make potato salad and baked beans (in a can)
and fried chicken (frozen strips), and checkered napkins
and table cloths
Objective: to create memories and to stimulate socialization and
to meet needs to create via cooking and decorating. To
stimulate senses too
In the morning place baked beans (from a can) in a crock
pot, and place in a room where residents can smell the
beans heating. Also, bring in boiled, un-peeled potatoes
and eggs. Have residents peel each and chop. Have residents
chop onion and pickles. Then have them mix this together
with mayo and discuss the way they all like to season
potato salad. Have them season and taste until it meets
group approval. Then set the dining tables where the residents
will eat with paper plates and checked table cloths and
napkins etc. to make a picnic atmosphere. If not all your
residents can attend , because of dietary restriction,
be sure you have your picnic in a room away from those
who cannot join in , to avoid hurt feelings. Pop your
chicken (frozen and boneless) in the oven. When ready,
let your residents serve themselves family style. Ask
the kitchen to provide drinks and dessert. This activity
causes them to reminisce and to have fun creating the
food. They will probably eat lots, because they can smell
it cooking and because they can eat family style. It is
a wonderful way to beat the winter blues.
by Yvon Trépanier of Centre Montarville on September
Size: large group
Equipment: we made
a boat with plastic board and had accessories from a boat
in canada winter is long and cold. this is a week long
activity in mid winter and brings a bit of sunshine in
every residents life. This
year's theme was the "Love Boat." The main idea
was a couple who was inviting everybody on a cruise because
at the end of the week they where getting married! (for
fun). So we had two willing resident to help us and it
was fun all the way. Every resident had a passport and
every day when he came he got it stamp on his passport.
We had a casino, all kind of activities and on the last
day, I, as the captain, was able to marry them! There
was a big banquet with the help of the kitchen and we
had a dance with a live Caribbean band! Lots of fun. (sorry
for my english).
Submitted by Lisa Spivey,
Instructions: Write the letters that spell
out "Happy New Year" on 1 inch square pieces
of paper. (Have as many sets as you have teams for.) Place
the squares inside as many balloons as there are letters
in Happy New Year (12), one letter per square. Blow the
balloons up with the letters inside. Place the balloons
in a large trash bag. Place the trash bag across the room
from each team. Have the team race to the bag, bust all
the balloons and try to spell out "Happy New Year"
The first team to retrieve all the letters and spell out
Happy New Year wins. this activity can be used on any
holiday with the substitution of the letters to be placed
inside the balloons, esp. on Fourth of July & New
Years Day activities when fireworks is not an option.
Have a poppin' stompin' good time.
ideas to be posted here.
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